Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Unions get lots of favors for their $100 mil contribution

Union members will know FAR less about their union leaders and how their union dues are being spent under the Obama administration. This is one of the many payoffs that unions will receive for their millions in campaign contributions.


They were among about 7,000 union officials covered by financial disclosure rules tightened by the Bush administration. Labor leaders say the requirements amount to harassment and want President Barack Obama to ease them.

Prospects are good. Three weeks into the Obama administration, organized labor has racked up a series of victories, highlighted by the so-called Lilly Ledbetter legislation, which makes it easier to fight pay discrimination. The president also has signed four presidential orders strengthening union rights with federal contractors.

After contributing more than $100 million to Obama and congressional Democrats for their 2008 election campaigns, unions appear determined to cash in their chips, and are laying plans to go after their top goal: legislation that would make it easier for workers to organize.